Women in the Movement
October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a conversation on how women influence activism yesterday and today. This is free and open to the public.
Our panelists will be:
Vanetta Molson Turner, one of the original members of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. She applauded Radical Women for never taking a hiatus from organizing since its founding in 1967.
Nikkita Oliver, is a Seattle-based creative, teaching artist, and anti-racist organizer.
She is an attorney and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Washington as of March 2016 where she studied racial disproportionality and disparate impact in school exclusion.
Nikkita is a writer-in-residence with Writers in the Schools at Washington Middle School, leads writing workshops with Arts Corp at Garfield High School, and is a teaching artist and case manager with Creative Justice, an arts-based youth diversion program that provides alternatives to incarceration for youth who are court involved.
Megan Cornish, grew up a self-described “army brat,” and moved to Washington state after she got her BA from Cornell University in 1969. While in the Puget Sound area, Cornish worked at the Shelter Half antiwar G.I. Coffee House in Tacoma; participated in demonstrations on behalf of the United Construction Workers Association (UCWA); and picketed on behalf of striking University of Washington clerical and maintenance workers. She also joined Radical Women, a socialist feminist organization co-founded by Clara Fraser in Seattle.
When Fraser was selected to organize a female Electrical Trades Trainee (ETT) program at Seattle City Light, she recruited Cornish and dozens of other feminist movement activists to apply. Cornish was hired along with nine other women as the first, and what would prove the only, class of female ETT employees.
Azura Tyabji, born and raised in Seattle, serves as its 2018/19 Youth Poet Laureate. As a writer, spoken word performer, facilitator, and educator, what motivates every aspect of her artistic practice is a love for community, justice, and healing. If her words leave you feeling hopeful, empowered, or thinking deeper, she has achieved her goal as a poet. She hopes to continue challenging and expanding her craft and giving back to the city that inspires her. She is 18 years old and a graduate from Nova High School.